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Is time going faster?

Asked by antimatter (4269 points ) September 13th, 2013

A week ago I was packing my stuff to go on a fishing trip and today I am back and the week felt like a day. Last year felt like last month and last week felt like yesterday. I have tried everything to create the illusion to slow down time and yet days feels like minutes. Is it only me that feels like that or do my fellow jellies feel the same?

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drhat77's avatar

I’ve read somewhere that our perception of time is based on how long we’ve lived. So if some one is 36 years old, a year is ⅓6th of our life. But when I’m 72, a year will be 1/72nd of my life, so that year will seem to go by twice as fast.

jonsblond's avatar

It appears that way each year that passes.

woodcutter's avatar

Only when I’m having fun or working. Odd combination there, huh?

rojo's avatar

“They” say: “Time flies when you getting some”.

Coloma's avatar

It’s an age thing I agree. The last 6 months has flown by for me with some big changes…it is really strange. Poof…gone!

zenvelo's avatar

It’s variable.
Time to your next paycheck – the limit approaches infinity.
Time for that rent payment to get through the mail, processed, deposited, and clear the bank – the limit approaches zero.

Headhurts's avatar

The older you get, the quicker the years go by.

Sunny2's avatar

My theory: You know the first time you drive somewhere and are following directions? You notice the sign posts and each landmark along the way. The second time it’s easier, but you still notice the landmarks. It gets easier and easier each time you make the trip and it seems to go faster and faster. Well, we have life landmarks and they are the special days of the year, birthdays, anniversaries, school calendars, holidays. As you age, the routine of them and being aware of the days becomes ingrained. Is it already time for school again? Is it Beth’s birthday again? The years go by faster and faster because you’ve gone that route so many times before. That’s my theory.
And time certainly passes more quickly when you are enjoying yourself.

ZEPHYRA's avatar

Yes it seems to me so much so that it frightens me. I see a years equivalent to four to six months and a week to three days. I don’t know if it has to do with getting older as some of the jellies probably correctly suggest or if the earth is spinning round faster or who knows what. I just know that when I was younger the days sailed by unlike now!

hearkat's avatar

@Sunny2 – Brilliant!

Pachy's avatar

It certainly seems to as one gets older.

Blondesjon's avatar

It’s all relative.

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jordym84's avatar

Funny you should ask, I’ve been wondering the same exact thing a lot lately! Now that I’m out of college and working full time, it seems like the days, weeks, and months are going faster and faster. Whereas, when I was in college, time seemed to drag endlessly. I’m not sure why that is, but I do love @Sunny2‘s brilliant analogy!

antimatter's avatar

Well like my 80 year old neighbor said time is going faster for him because he is reaching his expiry date. @Sunny2 you said it the best.
@jordym84 sorry to say it, it happened to me last week at church (I am not a Christian but I still do good deeds by driving my mother to church every Sunday.) that Church service felt like hours. But when I went to see Star Trek Into Darkness it felt like minutes.

mattbrowne's avatar

The more you do in autopilot mode, the faster you think time is going by. Remedy: conscious mindful thinking. There are plenty of good websites on how to learn mindfulness.

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